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Cross-border parcel delivery – European Parliament approves the regulation proposal

by Hogan Lovells on

Some time ago now, the European Commission launched an initiative to improve transparency and regulate the cross-border parcel delivery sector as part of its aspiration to create a real Digital Single Market. Clearly, no...more

As fundraising methods continue to diversify, the DFSA provides a robust regulatory framework for equity and loan based...

by Hogan Lovells on

On 1 August 2017, the Dubai Financial Services Authority ("DFSA"), the regulator of financial services and securities in the Dubai International Financial Centre free zone ("DIFC"), introduced a regulatory framework for loan...more

NIA Will Hold Webinar on Nanomedicine: Diagnostics and Therapeutics Advancing through Nanotechnology

On March 7, 2018, the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) will hold a webinar on “Nanomedicine: Diagnostics and therapeutics advancing through nanotechnology.” The webinar will focus on the diagnostic and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Interagency Statement on Accounting and Reporting Implications of the New Tax Law - On January 18, 2018, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal...more

FCA Publishes Paper on SME Access to the FOS

The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA“) is considering allowing Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (“SMEs“) access to Financial Ombudsman Service (“FOS“). On January 22, 2018, the FCA published a consultation paper, available...more

GDPR – European Commission Unveils Guidance Website

The European Commission has launched a new data protection website aimed at educating the public and helping businesses and other organizations comply with their new obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation....more

Positive Outlook for European Capital Markets

Danny Tricot (London, capital markets): Capital markets in Europe were generally positive in 2017, recovering from a mixed year in 2016. The first half of the year was particularly strong for high-yield issuances in Europe,...more

Corporate News – January 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

A monthly newsletter covering topics of interest in the field of UK corporate law including mergers and acquisitions, listed companies, equity capital markets, corporate governance and general company law....more

European Commission Consults on Improving the SME Markets

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Commission has published a consultation paper in which it seeks views on the main challenges for SME-dedicated markets and possible changes to EU legislation that might help build the EU high-growth SME markets....more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 15 December 2017 – 21 December 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

BREXIT - CBI Brexit guide to EU bodies and regulators: financial services aspects - On 21 December, the CBI published a guide to the EU bodies and regulators that matter to business in the Brexit negotiations, including...more

Corporate News - December 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

A monthly newsletter covering topics of interest in the field of UK corporate law including mergers and acquisitions, listed companies, equity capital markets, corporate governance and general company law. ...more

European Parliament’s Committee on ECON Publishes Draft Reports on CRR II Regulation and CRD V Directive

On December 1, 2017, Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON“) published its draft report on the proposed CRR II Regulation and its draft report on the proposed CRD V Directive. The European Commission’s proposals for the CRR...more

EU Extends the Scope of the Framework for Collective Investment in Unlisted SMEs

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

A Regulation amending the European Venture Capital Funds Regulation and European Social Entrepreneurship Fund Regulation has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. This Amending Regulation makes...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset managers and...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - November 2017 - Issue 10

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on the amendments to the European Venture Capital and Social Entrepreneurship Fund...more

A closer look at round three of the NAFTA negotiations

by Dentons on

Round three of the NAFTA negotiations concluded in Ottawa on September 27, 2017. Before this round, the hope was that meaningful progress would be made on some of the more contentious issues. While some modest progress on...more

New Flexible “Télétravail” Rules

by Bryan Cave on

On September 25, 2017, the French government adopted orders to reform French employment law, designed to bring more flexibility to employers, in particular to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to facilitate their...more

EMA further supports Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with a new Action Plan

by Hogan Lovells on

The European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) has sought to support Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). As part of this effort, the EMA has launched a new Action Plan to address the challenges that confront SMEs and their...more

New Law on Subcontracting in the Private Sector Is Not Without Problems

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Democratic Republic of Congo adopted Law No. 17/001 on 8 February 2017, regulating subcontracting in the private sector. It entered into force on 17 March 2017, with a one-year transitional period. In adopting these...more

Evolution Not Revolution: The New EU Prospectus Regulation

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The EU’s new Prospectus Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 30 June 2017 and enters into force 20 days after such date, so 20 July 2017. The vast majority of its provisions will have effect from 21...more

The New Prospectus Regulation – key changes for equity issues

by Hogan Lovells on

The New Prospectus Regulation ((EU) 2017/1129) (PR) will come into force on 20 July 2017. The final text was published in the Official Journal on 30 June 2017 and will enter into force twenty days after its publication....more

Italian Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises to Tap Into Equity Crowdfunding

by K&L Gates LLP on

On June 15, 2017, the Italian Senate approved the conversion into law of Law Decree No. 50, dated April 24, 2017, whereby small and medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”) are given recourse to equity crowdfunding that was...more

Deutsche Börse Introduces New Exchange Segment Scale

by Jones Day on

On 1 March 2017, Deutsche Börse AG, the operator of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, launched Scale, a new market segment for small and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs"). Scale replaces Deutsche Börse's former market segment...more

P2P platforms and the SME finance industry: where do we go from here?

by Hogan Lovells on

Looking back at the major changes since his last report 5 years ago, Andy Davis concluded on Monday evening that P2P platforms have "changed the game for small businesses, investors and regulators" in the UK, as he launched...more

UK Regulator Requests Brexit Contingency Planning Assurance

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Prudential Regulation Authority has published a letter to CEOs and branch managers of all banks, insurers and designated investment firms undertaking cross-border activities between the UK and the remainder of the EU,...more

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